- Day 1 (Havana): Meeting with Cuban bird guide, Ernesto Reyes, Depending on arrival time, afternoon visit with Orlando Garrido, greatly respected naturalist and author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba for meaningful interaction about the protection of Cuban endangered and endemic species.
- Day 2 (Viñales): Early breakfast and check out, Breakfast and Departure to Viñales Valley, the land of tobacco farms and beautiful landscapes with limestone formations called mogotes. Bird watching along the way, looking for Snails Kites and water birds in dams built near to the Highway. Check-in at B&B. During the afternoon, birding and visit with Nils Navarro, an outstanding Cuban wildlife artist.
- Day 3 (Zapata): Morning birding options nearby in pursuit of endemic Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Tody, Cuban Trogon, Cuban-Green Woodpecker, Yellow-headed Warbler. And some migrant species like warblers, tanagers and buntings.
Departure to Zapata Swamp (+ 5 hours). Bird watching along the way. Check-in at B&B.
- Day 4 (Zapata): Early breakfast and departure for Bermejas (45 minutes) for birding in mixed forest habitat (flat, easy walking trail system 2+ miles). Excellent chance for Bee Hummingbird, Fernandina’s Flicker, Blue-headed Quail Dove, Grey-fronted Quail Dove, Key West and Ruddy Quail Dove, Cuban Parrot and the threatened Cuban Parakeet. Cuban Blackbird, Cuban Bullfinch, Loggerhead Kingbird, Bare-legged Owl and Cuban Pygmy Owl are also likely.
Afternoon birding in the exquisitely beautiful Enigma de las Rocas Trail, with its “cenotes” (sink holes), where there is an excellent chance for the Key West Quail Dove, Western Spindalis, Cuban Bullfinch, Cuban Peewee, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, and Barn Owls.
- Day 5 (Zapata): Early breakfast and departure to Las Salinas Refuge (nearby flat, dry dirt roadway 1+ miles). Habitat is varied among low, dense forest, mangrove, marsh, and open wetlands. Here we are likely to encounter the endemic Cuban Black Hawk as well as numerous shorebirds and water birds species, like Spoonbills and American Flamingos, too.
Breakfast and early departure for La Turba to look for the Red-shouldered Blackbird, Zapata Wren and Zapata Sparrow, among Cuba’s most limited range endemic birds. We should also see Cuban Vireo and Cuban Oriole. We also hope to spot the Red-legged Honeycreeper, Quail-Doves and others.
- Day 6 (Havana): Breakfast and early departure for La Turba to look for the Red-shouldered Blackbird, Zapata Wren and Zapata Sparrow, among Cuba’s most limited range endemic birds. We should also see Cuban Vireo and Cuban Oriole. We also hope to spot the Red-legged Honeycreeper, Quail-Doves and others.
Afternoon, departure to Havana (2 hours).
Afternoon and night, city tour in Havana with diverse cultural activities.
- Day 7: Departure to your country.